Jaime Oliver's Family Food Tube channel includes vegan recipes and healthy eating tips for families

by 05/28/15   filed under: health & body, healthy recipe, kids health, parenting

Jaime Oliver’s quest to create awareness about healthy foods has taken him all over the world, and now he’s available in your own home. As the dad of four children, it’s no wonder that his latest crusade, Jaime Oliver’s Family Food Tube, focuses on recipes, nutrition tips, and ideas for growing families. With the help of his wife and other family foodies, Jaime’s accompanying website includes helpful visuals on what a healthy plate should look like, interesting takes on appropriate baby weaning foods, and a variety of family-friendly recipes, conveniently divided into topics including one-pan recipes, freezer-friendly favorites, and recipes using basics found in most cupboards. Family Food Tube, which just launched, includes 1-minute tips for keeping cut fruit fresh and teaching kids how to chop safely. The site aims to upload new content twice a week, and we hope much of it is vegan (he’s already got quite a few veg-friendly recipes on his site!)

+ Jaime Oliver’s Family Food Tube

 

HOW TO: Make a bright and cheery flower power salad for summer

by 05/28/15   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Kids can help build Perludi's 100% recyclable FLORAintheSKY loft bed

by 05/28/15   filed under: kids furniture

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After the huge success of Perludi’s innovative AMBERintheSKY loft and bunk bed, the company has launched a sister design called FLORAintheSKY. The design of AMBER and FLORA are similar in that they’re both modern, eco-friendly and kid-inviting, but FLORA features a new twist — colorful ropes tie FLORA’s corners together! Designed by Thomas Maitz, FLORA can be used as a loft bed with an integrated playing area or as a classic bunk bed for siblings or as a place for friends to stay over. Cleverly integrated ladders on both sides of the loft bed means that you can situate FLORA just about anywhere in your child’s bedroom without cutting off upper loft access.

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HOW TO: Make chewy sweet & salty banana bites

by 05/27/15   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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My Mood Memo from Plan Toys helps children understand and express their emotions

by 05/27/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, kids entertainment

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Learning how to describe feelings and emotions and identify the moods of others are important keys to help your little one make friends, build emotional health, and become compassionate. My Mood Memo, a matching set of twelve different emotions and a corresponding emotion color wheel, is a fun and sensitive way to help children comprehend these complex feelings. Created by Inhabitots favorite Plan Toys, My Mood Memo’s matching discs are crafted from sustainable rubber tree wood, vegetable dyes, and a non-toxic finish. Identified by St.David’s Center for Family and Child Development as a great toy and skill builder for children with autism, My Mood Memo’s cheerful colors and simple expressions make learning about emotions an approachable game for every child.

If you purchase this learning toy through Creative Kidstuff, a toy will also go to a child in need!

+ My Mood Memo $20.00

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Infant SOS: An alert and cooling system designed to save the life of a baby left in a hot car

by 05/27/15   filed under: health & body, kids health, news

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The news of a child dying after being accidentally left in a hot car is devastating, and sadly not uncommon: an average of 38 children die each year as a result, mostly during the summer months. Five engineering graduates from Rice University have developed Infant SOS, a device designed to eliminate this horrible scenario by using both a passive cooling system to keep a child’s core temperature below the point of heat stroke and also to alert others when it senses that the infant is in danger.

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Rockin' Baby to launch kids clothing line with a mission to donate clothes to kids who have lost parents to Ebola

by 05/26/15   filed under: green family, green gifts, humanitarian design, kids clothing

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Rockin’ Baby slings are a favorite among moms (celebrity and civilian) around the world, and we especially love their one-for-one model: for every sling purchased, they donate another (as well as provide information and resources about babywearing) to moms in Kenya or Haiti. With their new line of children’s clothing, to be launched sometime this summer, Rockin’ Baby is looking forward to a similar giving model by donating the same item that was purchased to another child in need. Touting themselves as the first children’s clothing line to create such an ambitious program, Rockin’ Baby promises a repertoire full of wearable, washable basics for newborns all the way up until the age of 10 that will include rompers, onesies, and tees. Rockin’ Baby is partnering with Child Fund International to distribute the clothing to children living in West Africa whose parents have died from Ebola. Stay tuned for full product line details…

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Female scientists spark #GirlsWithToys campaign to highlight STEM careers & combat gender stereotypes

by 05/26/15   filed under: green kids, news

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EWG's 2015 sunscreen guide lists the safest and worst sunscreens

EWG's 2015 sunscreen guide lists the safest and worst sunscreens

Sunscreen Guide Methodology This year’s safer sunscreen guide includes a report with EWG findings about sunscreen products. You can also use the guide to browse safe sunscreen…

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ro.sham.bo. Baby makes stylish sunglasses for green families

ro.sham.bo. Baby makes stylish sunglasses for green families

The shades, which come in bright, 80s-style, eye-popping color frames as well as more classic hues, are humorously named: the hot pink frames are dubbed “Kelly Kapowsky,”…

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10 essential items you need to create a natural medicine cabinet & how to use them

10 essential items you need to create a natural medicine cabinet & how to use them

Aloe Fresh aloe vera gel is the perfect first responder for burns, small cuts, blisters, and insect bites. It’s instantly cooling and soothing, and helps reduce inflammation and ward…

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Set sail for a summer of fun with nautical alphabet blocks

Set sail for a summer of fun with nautical alphabet blocks

Uncle Goose‘s new set of nautical blocks are made from sustainable U.S. beechwood with child-friendly, non-toxic inks — and the kid in us is excited to get our hands on…

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California’s mandatory vaccination bill SB277 violates parental rights and freedom of choice

California’s mandatory vaccination bill SB277 violates parental rights and freedom of choice

We reported last month on a proposed bill in California that would make child vaccinations a requirement for attendance in public and private schools. Following the news that the…

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Florida judge forces mother to consent to the circumcision of her 4 year-old son against her will

Florida judge forces mother to consent to the circumcision of her 4 year-old son against her will

In Florida yesterday, (May 22), a judge sentenced a four year-old boy named Chase to a circumcision. Heather Hironimus, the boy’s mother, lost a months-long court battle and was…

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GUIDE: 22 BPA-free popsicle molds for making all kinds of delicious homemade popsicles

GUIDE: 22 BPA-free popsicle molds for making all kinds of delicious homemade popsicles

*RECOMMENDED: Tovolo Popsicle Molds Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Star Pop Molds and Rocket Pop Molds are three of the best molds on the market in my opinion. Not only do popsicles…

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Antibiotic use in infants linked to a variety of health issues in later life

Antibiotic use in infants linked to a variety of health issues in later life

When our little ones are feeling ill, our main priority is to get them better and back to their normal, cartwheeling, bouncing, running around selves. Many parents (and…

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James Cameron gifts his wife five giant solar Sun Flowers to power her sustainable SoCal school

James Cameron gifts his wife five giant solar Sun Flowers to power her sustainable SoCal school

Lots of men give their wives flowers on their birthday, but those flowers aren’t usually comprised of solar cells. Acclaimed film director James Cameron gifted his wife Suzy Amis…

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8 dangerous excuses parents make for not using enough sunscreen

8 dangerous excuses parents make for not using enough sunscreen

Photo by Shutterstock Sunscreen is More Dangerous than the Sun In recent years, sunscreen has received increasingly bad press, including claims that sunscreen chemicals cause more…

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